Dec 25 2014

Obituary: Coralie Condon

coraliecondonCoralie Condon, one of the pioneers of television in Western Australia, has died at the age of 99.

She passed away in the early hours of Christmas Eve at the Castledare Retirement Village in Perth.

With an interest in theatre from an early age, although she was working at the Public Works Department, Condon became known as an actor and producer around Perth theatrical circles and had also been an actor for ABC radio.

When television began in Australia she went to Sydney to write children’s programs for ABC before returning to Perth to join commercial channel TVW7 prior to its launch in 1959. She was involved in the hiring of talent for the new channel and over the next decade went on to produce various shows for TVW7 — including Western Australia’s first daytime women’s program, Televisit, which she also hosted for a time.

In the mid-1960s she produced the television adaptation of The Good Oil, a musical comedy that she had written and produced for the theatre before television arrived.

She continued to play an active role in the theatrical scene in Perth and in 1993 was granted a Medal of the Order of Australia in recognition of service to the entertainment industry.

In 2009, Condon was one of many former TVW employees to celebrate the station’s 50th anniversary.

Coralie Condon’s brother, actor James Condon, passed away earlier this year.

Source: WA TV History

 

 

 

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Dec 24 2014

Cyclone Tracy: the mini-series

cyclonetracy_0011Twelve years after Cyclone Tracy destroyed Darwin, the Nine Network embarked on a big-budget six-hour mini-series to give an account, based on fictional characters, of what happened in the days immediately before and after the cyclone ripped through the city of 45,000 people.

tracymann_0004Produced by Nine’s production arm, PBL Productions, Cyclone Tracy starred Tracy Mann (pictured) as Connie, the owner of a Darwin hotel who on Christmas Eve 1974 has just paid off the mortgage. Connie is a single mother with two young daughters (the eldest played by Kate Ritchie, making her acting debut) and a boyfriend, Lt Tony Baker (Noel Hodda).

Connie’s mother, dubbed ‘Little Caroline’ (Caroline Gillmer), and father, meteorologist Mick (Tony Barry), are divorced. Mick now has a new wife, heavily pregnant Sandy (Charito Ortez), and young children of their own.

‘Little Caroline’s mother is, of course, ‘Big Caroline’ (Aileen Britton) — the owner of a general store and still deeply disgruntled over Mick’s separation from her daughter.

Steve (Chris Haywood) is a jaded journalist and writer who lives in the hotel. He is an alcoholic and contemplating ending it all.

lindacroppernicholashammondMeanwhile, heading into Darwin is smooth-talking American Harry (Nicholas Hammond, who played one of the seven Von Trapp children in the classic The Sound Of Music) with Aussie girlfriend Joycie (Linda Cropper). The pair (pictured) are involved up in a drug deal that doesn’t go to plan and they end up hitching a ride into Darwin with truck driver Theo (Nicholas Papademetriou).

Another visitor into Darwin is performer Bobby Fontaine (Jack Webster), a female impersonator who has ended up with a Christmas Eve gig at a rough pub outside of town.

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As Christmas Eve approaches so too is Cyclone Tracy, although its course is not initially aimed towards Darwin. A last minute change in direction then sees Tracy heading straight for the city, though the locals are not seen to be overly concerned by the constant warnings being broadcast on radio and television. It is Christmas, after all, and warnings of an oncoming cyclone earlier in the month turned out to be not much more than a slight breeze and a bit of rain.

While some of the situations presented in Cyclone Tracy are on the predictable or even fanciful side, the series’ main strength is in its special effects. Producers excelled in re-enacting a Category 5 cyclone, with torrential rain, all manner of flying projectiles, corrugated iron being torn off roofs and homes being shredded to pieces, and in constructing a convincing post-cyclone environment where buildings are damaged and suburbia is flattened.

The producers have also added to the gravity of the post-cyclone storytelling with the insertion of real-life news footage showing queues of evacuees at Darwin airport and some of the widespread scenes of destruction (pictured).

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Cyclone Tracy was broadcast on Nine as its major event mini-series in the final week of ratings for 1986, before all networks went into the customary three month summer recess of reruns and B-grade debuts. It also capped off a year of some big mini-series productions to come from the commercial networks — including Seven‘s Sword Of Honour (which also featured Tracy Mann and aired only a couple of weeks earlier), Nine’s The Great Bookie Robbery and Ten‘s The Last Frontier.

Cyclone Tracy has been released on DVD. Featured extras include a 9-minute Film Australia newsreel and the 2004 Nine Network documentary On A Wind And A Prayer.

 

 

 

 

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Dec 23 2014

Cyclone Tracy: ‘The day Darwin died’

cyclonetracyChristmas Day 1974 is forever remembered as the day that Darwin was flattened by Cyclone Tracy.

The destructive winds, measured to 200 km/h before the equipment itself failed, damaged or destroyed virtually every home and building in the tropical city. Seventy one people died and many more were injured.

Much of the city’s 45,000 residents were deemed homeless, leading to a massive evacuation exercise that brought Darwin’s population down to around 10,000 as the extensive clean up and reconstruction of the city was commenced. It would be another three years before Darwin’s population was restored to pre-Tracy numbers as many chose not to return.

The cyclone took out Darwin’s two television stations — ABD6 and NTD8 — and radio stations. ABD6, with the resources of the ABC as the national broadcaster, was able to get transmission restored within days, likewise with ABC’s radio station 8DR. Commercial station NTD8 was less fortunate as it would be another ten months before it was able to renew service.

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But while Darwin had been devastated on Christmas morning, much of the country remained oblivious to the extent of the disaster until much later in the day. Even news crews making their way to Darwin were unaware just how dire the situation was. Flying in via RAAF Hercules on Boxing Day morning, 0-10 Network reporter Peter Sutton said he and his crew, cameraman Garry Maunder and sound recordist Tony Mestrov, only learned of the significance of the damage when making a stop in Townsville. “It was only then that we heard how big the whole thing was,” he told TV Week. “Up until then all we had heard was that a few people had been killed and we no idea of the extent of the damage When we landed at Darwin and I saw the trees at the edge of the airport stripped of leaves and bark and saw aircraft and hangars strewn all around the place it hit home to me.”

With communications links out of Darwin severely impacted, getting the news to the rest of the country was a challenge. “We were completely on our own as far as getting film out,” Sutton said. “But we had enormous help from the RAAF, the airlines and the crew of the American Starlifter, who were absolutely marvellous. We shot 6000 feet of film in the time we were there, we were sending film cannisters twice a day, and we didn’t lose one.”

The first television report from Darwin came from Mal Walden, then a reporter for HSV7, Melbourne. He had arrived at Darwin via a chartered jet just after 4.00am on Boxing Day. An hour after landing he had prepared a report and sent it back via the jet. Within hours the report had been beamed around the world via satellite. “Naturally it is one of those jobs you never forget, but as a reporting job it wasn’t hard,” he told TV Times years later. “The news was everywhere. All you had to do was point a camera and put a microphone at someone’s mouth and you had a story. The big problem was getting the stories out of Darwin. I’d spend hours trying to get the reels of film on some sort of plane to Melbourne.”

The first ABC crew to arrive in Darwin from the south included cameraman Jeff Jessup, sound recordist Mohammed Sallem and freelance camera-sound man Alvin Lawson. They were accompanied by ABC radio journalist George Smith. “We arrived at 10.20pm on Christmas Day — the first outside plane in there. We had a fair idea of what to expect but it stunned us. Normally from Darwin airport you can see the lights of the city but when we got off the Hercules it was just darkness — there was no sign of life,” Lawson told TV Week. Cameraman Jessup added: “We have both covered big stories in the past — floods and things like that — but this was something new to us. We just had to get out into the field and do everything we could possibly do to get the story out the best way we could.”

Another Seven Network reporter, Don Willesee from Sydney’s ATN7, spent eight days in Darwin and said what he and his crew saw affected them deeply. “Any man who says he hasn’t cried is a liar,” he said. “Like most of the other reporters, I initially slept in the Travelodge, which had remained generally intact. For three nights there was no electricity and the stench was unbearable. We were so exhausted at night that we just flaked out. We had a serious drink problem, there was either warm soft drink, which was very scarce, or warm beer. One day, to stop dehydrating, I drank seven cans of beer. The first at 6am.” Cameraman Nigel Jones had initially been dispatched to Sydney’s Mascot Airport only to film footage of Darwin evacuees arriving in Sydney but he and sound assistant Jack Swart ended up “thumbing a lift” on a Navy plane to Darwin. “I had little money, no toothbrush, one set of clothes and only half my equipment,” he said. “We had a torrid time for the first few days with no food, only warm beer to drink and no washing facilities. My clothes started to fall to pieces. During our eight-day stay I kept vomiting from the stench of rotten food which the police were dragging out of refrigerators.”

Covering the disaster for the Nine Network were reporter Greg Grainger, cameraman Steve Richards and sound assistant Chris Bentley. “We arrived in Darwin early on Boxing Day and started filming. We had practically no sleep. The situation there was unreal,” Grainger said. “The rigours of the tropic weather took its toll. The air was steamy and close and there was little to drink. Everywhere we went there was a story. We were lucky and got hold of some cans of fruit juice to ward off dehydration. We became part of the disaster, being moved around like everyone else. After three days or so we found a swimming pool full of water, which was a relief. We splashed water over our heads which was the best we could do to keep clean. Many times while we were working there the emotion almost overtook me. It was terribly sad.”

Despite the lack of communications, infrastructure and basic facilities, media personnel were praised by the Director-General of the Natural Disasters Organisation for their conduct in what was a very trying and distressing time for the city of Darwin:

“It is to the credit of media representatives in Darwin that they willingly accepted the primitive facilities and cheerfully operated under great difficulties in common with the other citizens of Darwin.”

“The conduct of media representatives located in Darwin reflected great credit on the Fourth Estate.”

cyclonetracy_0009While the newsmen were in Darwin covering the disaster, viewers around the country were being urged to donate to the relief effort. The Nine Network, in association with regional television stations and News Limited newspapers, held a 28-hour national telethon across New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. The telethon required a massive effort by Nine staff, many who were recalled from Christmas holidays, with the technical assistance of the Postmaster-General’s Department and the Overseas Telecommunications Commission. Personalities, sporting identities, politicians and performers from across the country donated their time to the cause — including Barry Humphries (and his close friend Dame Edna Everage), Bert and Patti Newton, Barry Crocker, Little Pattie, Johnny Farnham, Julie Anthony, Col Joye, Reg Lindsay, Lionel Long, Hal Todd, Michael Schildberger, Gerard Kennedy (pictured above with Miss Victoria, Ann Gilding) and The Kinsmen.

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(Pictured above: Ros Wood, Barry Crocker and Dame Edna Everage; and below, Bert and Patti Newton.)

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Appearing via satellite from London were John McCallum, Reg Varney, Keith Michell, Love Thy Neighbour star Kate Williams, Alan Hargreaves and Sandra Harris.

American-born Don Lane, formerly of TCN9 Sydney’s Tonight show but since returned to the US, came back to Australia for the telethon. His return led to an invitation to host a new variety show which became the long-running The Don Lane Show.

Nine Network newsreaders Brian Henderson and Peter Hitchener hosted the telethon with only brief rest periods, while TCN9 sports commentator Ron Casey reported updates from the tally room.

At the end of the 28-hour telethon a total of $3,089,873 had been raised — exceeding Nine’s expected target by $1.5 million.

A month after Cyclone Tracy a Film Australia documentary, When Will The Birds Return?, aired on ABC. Despite the massive amount of news coverage that had already come out of Darwin, the documentary presented to many an unseen depiction of the disaster as the city and its people comes to grips with loss while embarking on cleaning up and reconstruction.

TV Week columnist Eric Scott described it as a “masterful example of disciplined reporting”:

“The film covered every aspect of Darwin as it is today — a town devoid of homes, trees without leaves — and the remaining people stolidly determined to lift the place back up again. The entire documentary left me breathless with admiration for everyone in that tropical town — the local citizens, the imported workers, the police, and the military. It was a story that smacked of quiet heroism in every cyclone-torn street, and, as a documentary, must surely be the best of this or any other time.”

“In years to come maybe some movie company will develop the idea of re-creating Tracy in a big budget film. They will probably make a good job of it, but it could never bring home the message as potently as When Will The Birds Return?”

Over a decade after Scott’s editorial there was a big-budget mini-series, Cyclone Tracy. But more on that tomorrow…

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Tonight, at 8.30pm, ABC commemorates the 40th anniversary of Cyclone Tracy with the special Blown Away, promising a different perspective on the disaster, the subsequent reconstruction of Darwin and the long-term legacy of Tracy.

Source: The Sun News Pictorial, 27 December 1974. TV Times, 18 January 1975 TV Week, 8 February 1975. TV Week, 15 February 1975. TV Times, 27 January 1979. Cyclone Tracy

 

 

 

 

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Dec 22 2014

1994: December 24-30

tvweek_241294I love a sunburnt Christmas…
Some of TV’s popular stars recently took to Sydney’s northern beaches to share some of their plans for the upcoming festive season. Aaron Pedersen, from ABC‘s Blackout, says Christmas for him is a time of solitude: “I remember a few Christmas parties at my foster parents’ place, where everyone got drunk, and started arguing. So I think it’s best to do my own thing. I basically like to go where people aren’t. I get up early in the morning and find a place that is isolated and just spend some time there.” Getaway‘s Lochie Daddo will be working over the Christmas period, starring with Jo Beth Taylor in the pantomime Cinderella, but looks forward to Christmas Day with family, including catching up with brother Cameron who has returned from the US with wife Alison. Just Kidding‘s Sofie Formica has memories of Christmases on Gold Coast beaches as a child, but this year will be catching up with family ahead of her wedding in late December. Talk To The Animals reporter Kelly Pummeroy is heading to the family farm in Horsham in country Victoria: “Because I’m travelling a lot, the break gives me time to settle down for a while. The important thing is I know I’m going to be with the family.”

What’s the story, Sofie?
Just Kidding co-host Sofie Formica has said nothing about her television future — but her appearance at a Sydney press conference, complete with US TV camera crew, for visiting star Pamela Anderson has pretty much spilled the beans on her next TV venture. She has compiled a report on the Baywatch star, in Australia to host the recent Australian Music Awards, for American TV program Extra. Formica, who has recently had an extended holiday in the US, will be filing reports for Extra from Australia until she returns to the States following her wedding to fiance Scott Wilkie.

Tiffany’s at home with TVTV
Tiffany Lamb has now settled into her new home in a new city, Melbourne, and is looking forward to another year of ABC‘s TVTV — but co-host Mark Mitchell‘s future with the show is yet to be clarified. “Based on my relationship with the ABC and the conversations we’re having, TVTV does have a good life in 1995 and I’ll be there,” she told TV Week. “I’m not sure what Mark will be doing or what angle TVTV is going to take next year.”

alisonpetersBriefly…

  • Last week, TV Week reported that former Money reporter Alison Peters (pictured) could be soon popping up as a Melbourne reporter for Burke’s Backyard. Now it appears Peters has also been talking to the producers of Seven‘s Talk To The Animals, which is rumoured to be losing reporter Pamela Graham. In the meantime, Elle Macpherson‘s sister Mimi has recently filmed a story from Queensland for Burke’s Backyard.
  • The Nine Network has given the green light to an ongoing series spin-off from the recent special, Weddings. Rachel Hunter hosted the special but is not expected to host the planned weekly series.
  • Former A Country Practice star Grant Dodwell is returning to TV with a guest role in Heartbreak High. He plays the part of Jerry Shapiro, a sleazy businessman engaged to the mother of Lucy Weston (Alexandra Brunning), but who also has eyes for Lucy.
  • Andrew McFarlane and Sarah Chadwick are joining the cast of Nine‘s upcoming 26-part children’s series Spellbinder. The new show, being filmed on location in Poland and Australia, also stars Heather Mitchell and Polish actress Gosia Piotrowska.
  • Tina Bursill, William Zappa, Philip Todd and Tom Weaver have been filming a pilot for a new series. The pilot is based on Wally Bignell, a failed, jailed entrepreneur who is trying to rebuild his empire from behind bars.

TV’s Top 20 (Week Commencing 4 December): 

Rank Program Network Day(s) Viewers
1 A Current Affair Special Nine Mon 1858000
2 A Current Affair Nine Tu-F 1635000
3 National Nine News Nine M-F 1608000
4 Seven Nightly News Seven Sun 1582000
5 Over The Hill Seven Mon 1354000
6 Blossom Seven Thu 1332000
7 MacGyver Seven W/F 1294000
8 Movie: Kung Fu The Legend Continues Nine Mon 1263000
9 Movie: Over The Top Seven Fri 1257000
10 The Mummies Seven Thu 1233000
11 Murphy Brown Nine Mon 1222000
12 Full Frontal Seven Thu 1194000
13 National Nine News Nine Sun 1185000
14= Cricket: One-Day. Aust v England Nine Tue 1166000
14= Seven Nightly News Seven M-F 1166000
16 Baywatch Ten Sun 1107000
17 The John Larroquette Show Nine Mon 1090000
18 Seinfeld Ten Tue 1084000
19 Mad About You Ten Tue 1074000
20 Movie: Radio Flyer Ten Sun 1073000

Lawrie Masterson: The View From Here:

“Television — and especially television being produced in this country — is at great risk of being submerged under a total bland-out unless something is done to change the current trend. The simple fact is that so-called “infotainment” has taken over to such a degree that a blur has been created across the networks. Everyone is rushing so headlong into producing cheap programs on finance, health, weddings and holidays that what used to make television occasionally entertaining has been trampled or, worse still, just forgotten.”

Program Highlights (Melbourne, December 24-30):
Saturday (Christmas Eve): The Second Test, Australia v England, begins play (3.40pm, Nine) but due to being played in Melbourne receives limited live coverage in Melbourne. Ray Martin hosts the annual Carols By Candlelight (9pm, Nine), live from the Myer Music Bowl in Melbourne, featuring Marina Prior, Tina Arena, Debra Byrne, Rhonda Burchmore and John Williamson. 

Sunday (Christmas Day): ABC’s Christmas Day is highlighted by Midnight Mass from St Peter’s Basilica, Rome (9.55am). Christmas morning specials include John Martin/BankSA Christmas Pageant from Adelaide (9am, Seven) and Here’s Humphrey’s Christmas (9am, Nine). Carols By Candlelight (12pm, Nine) has a repeat screening, and Christmas movies include A Very Brady Christmas (3.15pm, Ten) and A Christmas Story (4pm, Nine). The Queen’s Christmas Message is broadcast on SBS (7pm), ABC (7.20pm), Seven (10.45pm) and Nine (11.10pm).

Monday: Gordon Bray and Rob Mundle host live coverage of the start of the Kodak Gold 50th Anniversary Sydney To Hobart Yacht Race (12pm, Ten). The Second Test (3.40pm, Nine) resumes at the MCG and continues through to Thursday.

Tuesday: The NSL Match Of The Day (7.30pm, SBS) features live coverage of Adelaide City v Melbourne Knights from Hindmarsh Stadium, Adelaide.

Wednesday: Rewind 94 (7.30pm, Ten) looks back at the people and events that have made news during the year. Jo Beth Taylor and Larry Emdur host the World Vision Appeal (9.30pm, Nine), including appearances by Jenny Morris, Guy Pearce, the cast from Cats, Debra Byrne, Grace Knight, Sigrid Thornton, Ita Buttrose, Glenn Ridge, Doug Parkinson, Normie Rowe, Rob Guest, Rowena Wallace and Tommy Emmanuel. The two-and-a-half telethon includes live crosses to Jack Jones and Rebecca Gibney in Africa, and INXS performing in New York.

Thursday: The Best Of Beyond 2000 (7.30pm, Ten) includes reports on futuristic big game fishing, the ultimate in interactive computer games and the latest in helicopter transport.

Friday: Mid-dawn movies include the 1935 classic The Little Colonel (4.20am, Ten), starring Shirley Temple.

Source: TV Week (Melbourne edition), incorporating TV Times and TV Guide. 24 December 1993. Southdown Press

 

 

 

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Dec 16 2014

1994: December 17-23

tvweek_171294Number One show but Sofie quits!
Just Kidding may have been topping the ratings but co-host Sofie Formica (pictured with co-host Steven Jacobs) has decided that the third series about to go into production will be her last. “As far as me personally (returning for a fourth season), it is highly unlikely that I’ll do anymore,” she told TV Week. Having been on an extended holiday in the US, Formica returned to Australia for taping of the third series of Just Kidding and to marry boyfriend Scott Wilkie. The pair will then be headed back to the US.

Jason’s set to shoot
Jason Donovan is set to return to Australian television screens in the new year, starring in the two-hour telemovie The Last Bullet. The Australian-Japanese co-production, timed to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the end of World War II, will be shot almost entirely on location in Queensland. The Last Bullet will screen on the Nine Network.

mikelester‘How the Chamberlain case changed my life’
TV reporter Mike Lester (pictured) tells TV Week he is still haunted by the Lindy Chamberlain case. A journalist with the Nine Network for 11 years, Lester covered the two inquests and trial over the disappearance of baby Azaria Chamberlain from a campsite at Ayers Rock in August 1980. “But I certainly wasn’t proud to be a member of the media for much of the case when I saw what was being broadcast, printed, presented on radio and television,” he said. “There were some reporters who treating it as a bit of a joke.” Lester said he made himself known to both Lindy and Michael Chamberlain and became sympathetic towards them when he saw the tactics employed by the prosecution. “I didn’t like the way the NT Government was out to get this lady — and it seemed they were going to get her, right or wrong. I had been told what the finding of the second inquest would be before it began.” He admits that the case led to him getting out of covering hard news. He later moved to the country and has since been covering stories of much different kind for the Seven Network‘s lifestyle-magazine show Talk To The Animals. (Lindy and Michael Chamberlain’s convictions were quashed by the NT Court of Criminal Appeal in 1988)

Briefly…

  • Alison Peters, the reporter from Nine‘s Money who quit the show to move to Melbourne, is tipped to join Burke’s Backyard which has a vacancy for a Melbourne-based reporter.
  • Australian actress Kylie Travers, one of the stars of the US series Models Inc, is coming back home to Perth for Christmas and will also be visiting Sydney and Melbourne to promote the show for Network Ten.
  • Some of the actors signed up to appear in the upcoming series of Halifax fp telemovies include Colin Friels, Ben Mendelsohn, Alyce Platt and former Hey Dad! star Robert Hughes.
  • The Nine Network is believed to be planning a showbiz-themed program to replace the recently-axed Midday.

TV’s Top 20 (Week Commencing 27 November): 

Rank Program Network Day(s) Viewers
1 National Nine News Nine Sun 1785000
2 A Current Affair Nine M-F 1733000
3 Our House Nine Wed 1621000
4 National Nine News Nine M-F 1602000
5 Money Nine Wed 1561000
6 Sale Of The Century Nine M-W 1541000
7 Movie: Walker Texas Ranger Nine Wed 1538000
8 MacGyver Seven Wed 1519000
9 60 Minutes Nine Sun 1478000
10 Re-Bjorn: ABBA 94 Seven Mon 1471000
11 The World Around Us Seven Tue 1381000
12 Getaway Nine Thu 1362000
13 National Nine News Nine Sat 1342000
14 Seinfeld Ten Tue 1305000
15 Full Frontal Seven Thu 1297000
16 Talk To The Animals Seven Sun 1290000
17 Movie: Action Jackson Seven Mon 1279000
18 Super Bloopers And New Practical Jokes Seven Sun 1255000
19 Baywatch Ten Sun 1251000
20 Blossom Seven Thu 1250000

Program Highlights (Melbourne, December 17-23):
Saturday: Gordon Bray and Peter Donegan host live coverage of the Coolum Classic Golf (1pm, Ten), from Coolum Resort, Queensland, while ABC covers the Australian Women’s Masters Golf (3pm) from the Gold Coast. Rob Guest hosts Carols In The Domain (8.30pm, Seven), featuring performances by Tina Arena, Rick Price, Julie Anthony, Jeffrey Black, The 4 Trax, Jackie Trent, Gina Jeffreys, Miriam Gormley, the cast of Cinderella, The Sydney Children’s Choir, The Wiggles, The Simpsonic Sisters, The Sydney Youth Orchestra and The Sydney Philharmonic Choir.

Sunday: Ten returns to Coolum for the Coolum Classic Golf (1pm), while ABC crosses to the Gold Coast for Day Four of the Australian Women’s Masters Golf (2pm). Sunday night movies are The Secret (repeat, Seven) and Ghost Dad (Ten). Sunday Stereo Special (8.30pm, ABC) features Nutcracker, choreographed for the Australian Ballet by Graeme Murphy.

Monday: A Current Affair (6.30pm, Nine) presents a special one-hour edition for the Christmas Toy Challenge.

Tuesday: Jennifer Keyte’s World Around Us (7.30pm, Seven) presents the first of a two-part special, The Charm Of Britain, featuring Greg Grainger‘s tour of the diverse British countryside and sampling its rich traditions, history and culture.

Wednesday: In the special The Australian Geographic Show (7.30pm, Ten), Pip and Dick Smith go on an aerial adventure of discovery, meeting bush characters and experiencing the remote wilderness in a way it has not been seen before.

Thursday: The UK documentary The Team They Wouldn’t Play (8.30pm, SBS) looks at the sporting boycott which banished South Africa from international cricket for 14 years.

ianparmenterFriday: Gordon Moyes and Kathryn Greiner host the Darling Harbour Christmas Pageant (7.30pm, Seven), recounting the events of that occurred in Bethlehem 2000 years ago and with a cast of over 2000, including camels, donkeys and sheep. Featured artists include Genevieve Davis and David Lemke from the Australian Opera. Chef Ian Parmenter (pictured), presenter of series Consuming Passions, hosts his own Christmas special, A Taste Of Christmas (8pm, ABC), filmed in Western Australia’s Margaret River region.

Source: TV Week (Melbourne edition), incorporating TV Times and TV Guide. 17 December 1994. Southdown Press

 

 

 

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Dec 11 2014

1994: December 10-16

tvweek_101294Cover: Heather Locklear (Melrose Place)

Drama behind bars
Deborra-Lee Furness has won the lead role in ABC‘s upcoming drama series Correlli. The character of Louisa Correlli is a young mother who is a clinical psychologist at Blackstream Prison, where her task is to help inmates deal with their problems in the hope that they will lead more productive lives when they are released. Furness’ previous TV credits include Stark, Singapore Sling, Halifax fp and GP. She will also be seen in the upcoming Seven Network series Fire.

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For the normally unflappable Derryn Hinch it was an emotional day as Nine‘s Midday came to an end. Hinch, who offered his resignation rather than see Midday axed, says that Nine has erred in dropping the show in the belief that it was no longer relevant to a Nineties audience. The last show served as a 90-minute celebration, including Anthony Warlow singing You Are My Sunshine, which featured a cast of Midday favourites including Jeanne Little, Paul Vautin and Simon O’Donnell and guest stars Engelbert Humperdinck and Lucky Grills. Hinch’s predecessor Ray Martin also came back to bid the show farewell. Hinch managed to hold it together until about twenty seconds before the curtain came down. “Those last seconds weren’t too good,” he said. “I think the music got to me.” The end of Midday also spelled the end of an era for the show’s legendary composer Geoff Harvey. “It really is absolutely appalling,” he said. “It’s like losing an arm or something.” Midday began as The Mike Walsh Show on the 0-10 Network in 1973. It made the transition to Nine in 1977 and was succeeded by Midday in 1985 when Ray Martin took over as host.

eddiemcguire_0003Flagging support
Some of the biggest names in Australia showbusiness have been appointed as ambassadors for the Australian Republican Movement (ARM)… or have they? Since ARM announced its 39 celebrity ambassadors in October a number of the names listed have distanced themselves from the movement. Kate Ceberano, one of the 39 names, denies having any involvement with it. “When I was approached to lend support to the Australian Republican Movement, I requested to be given briefing material about the whole subject,” she told TV Week. “I did not agree to be an ambassador at that stage, nor since.” ARM chief Mark Ryan said Ceberano’s situation is a case of miscommunication. “We were dealing with one of her representatives, and believed we had got the nod from them,” he said. “Someone must have got their wires crossed.” Other prominent names who have been appointed ambassadors but appear reluctant to speak up for the cause include Mary Coustas, Jane Kennedy, Max Gillies and GP actor Michael Craig. More open in their support for a republic are former Neighbours star Brenda Webb (“If we become a republic, it recognises not only Aboriginal people, but also all the other cultures in Australia”) and the Nine Network‘s Eddie McGuire (pictured) (“Having just come back from England myself, I’ve seen how even they are questioning the role of the monarchy in their own day-to-day life. I understand the sentiment involved in Australia, but there comes a time when you have to throw out your favourite pair of jeans”). Actor Gary Sweet also spoke in favour of a republic: “People say this is a snub to Britain and the royal family. It’s not. It’s a way of thanking them for bringing us along. Now we feel it’s time to cut the apron strings and venture into the outside world.”

Briefly…

  • The plug might have been pulled on ABC‘s late night Live And Sweaty, but Libbi Gorr (aka Elle McFeast) points out that she and producer Mark FitzGerald will be working a new project in the new year. “We are going to be developing a totally different show. We are making sure the project will also leave us the space to do more documentaries, given the fantastic success of Sex, Guys And Videotape.”
  • The Seven Network is developing a new 6.30pm current affairs show to replace the axed Real Life. Melbourne news reporter Ian Hyslop is moving to Sydney to work on the new show, and Naomi Robson, currently hosting the fill-in program Summer Diary, may also be involved. Real Life host Stan Grant has been ruled out for hosting the new show but will remain at the network.
  • Artist Services, Steve Vizard and Andrew Knight‘s production company, has finalised its portfolio for the Seven Network for the year ahead. Full Frontal, Jimeoin and Big Girl’s Blouse will all be back. Vizard has also confirmed that Seven is talking to Richard Stubbs about a possible new 10.30pm show.
  • Graeme ‘Shirley’ Strachan has quit Nine‘s Our House following failed negotiations with Nine over financial matters. Strachan is now a co-host of the breakfast show on Brisbane radio station Triple M.

TV’s Top 20 (Week Commencing 20 November): 

Rank Program Network Day(s) Viewers
1 Just Kidding Nine Tue 2086000
2 Movie: The Last Of The Mohicans Seven Sun 1979000
3 60 Minutes Nine Sun 1840000
4 Australia’s Funniest Home Video Show Nine Tue 1792000
5 National Nine News Nine Sun 1718000
6 Getaway Nine Thu 1714000
7 Midday: End Of An Era Nine Fri 1620000
8 National Nine News Nine Sat 1608000
9 A Current Affair Nine M-F 1588000
10= Home Improvement Seven Wed 1568000
10= Money Nine Wed 1568000
12 Movie: Turner And Hooch Seven Wed 1564000
13 National Nine News Nine M-F 1521000
14 Lois & Clark The New Adventures Of Superman Seven Tue 1506000
15 Our House Nine Wed 1498000
16 Sale Of The Century Nine M-Th 1493000
17 Married With Children Nine Tue 1479000
18 Baywatch Ten Sun 1476000
19 Naughty Commercial Collections Ten Tue 1474000
20 Burke’s Backyard Nine Fri 1471000

Lawrie Masterson: The View From Here

Over The Hill is a character-based romantic comedy. So begins material released by the Seven Network to promote its summer series, and therein lies the problem — the characters. The pivotal couple, Don and Sandy Spencer (Nicholas Eadie and Georgie Parker), are meant to start out as yuppie Nineties types, successful in careers and wise in the ways of the big city, yet they soon show themselves to be infuriatingly inept. Eventually domiciled in rural Cedar Creek despite themselves, the Spencers then go from inept to very inept. Don has a daughter, Melissa (Belinda Cotterill), from a previous marriage. From the look of him — and this is strictly complimentary — he must have been 12 when she was born. Melissa’s command goes right across the lexicon from “This really sucks” to “This really sucks, y’know”. The regulars at the Cedar Creek pub are written as suspiciously inbred, a sort of disturbing cross-between Dad, Dave and Deliverance.”

Program Highlights (Melbourne, December 10-16):
Saturday: The Benson And Hedges World Series Cricket (10.20am, Nine) is live from Adelaide Oval. Tim Webster hosts the Young Achiever Awards (5.30pm, Ten).

Sunday: To commemorate UNICEF Children’s Day Of Broadcasting, ABC devotes four hours (from 12pm) to children’s programs from various nations. Sunday night movies are Stakeout (repeat, Seven) and Batteries Not Included (repeat, Ten) up against the debut of mini-series Heaven And Hell: North And South 3 (Nine). Sunday Stereo Special (8.30pm, ABC) features the Opera Australia production of Handel’s Julius Caesar. Religious current affairs series Compass (10.20pm, ABC) begins a six-part series, Inside The Vatican.

Monday: 7.30 National (ABC) begins as the summer replacement for The 7.30 Report, hosted by Ellen Fanning. In Over The Hill (7.30pm, Seven), Don and Sandy (Nicholas Eadie and Georgie Parker) are excited when they learn they are to accommodate six Japanese directors from a large travel company.

Tuesday: The Benson And Hedges World Series Cricket (2.20pm, Nine) gets limited coverage in Melbourne due to it being hosted at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

ellemcfeast_0003Wednesday: The Live And Sweaty team (including Elle McFeast, aka Libbi Gorr, pictured) present their own Christmas special, A Very Sweaty Christmas (8.30pm, ABC). Performer Gordon Chater (The Mavis Bramston Show) discusses his life and career in A Life (9.30pm, ABC).

Thursday: The Benson And Hedges World Series Cricket (2.20pm-6pm and 7pm-10pm, Nine) is live from the Sydney Cricket Ground. Donna Mieklejohn presents the last edition of Backchat (9.20pm, ABC) for the year.

Friday: News program Eleven AM (11am, Seven) presents its last show for the year.

Source: TV Week (Melbourne edition), incorporating TV Times and TV Guide. 10 December 1994. Southdown Press

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Dec 10 2014

Hey Hey and Frontline headed for binge viewing

heyhey_0001Some classic Australian television is being made available online, just right for the current trend towards binge viewing and to provide fans some alternatives to non-ratings TV fare.

Hey Hey It’s Saturday, the Saturday morning cartoon show of the 1970s that became one of Nine‘s most successful prime time brands of the 1980s and 1990s, is being relaunched with clips from the archive and the more recent 2009 and 2010 shows being made available via its website, HeyHey.tv.

Certain clips of the show, mostly from the 1990s, are available to view free but a subscription fee will apply to view the 2009 and 2010 specials and other classic episodes as they are released online — though it would seem unlikely that there will be much material from the show’s early years as many were lost from the archive.

Meanwhile, ABC‘s iView has announced that it will be making available a range of Australian comedy titles available for online viewing, for 60 days starting this weekend.

The list of titles include recent series The Moodys, Upper Middle Bogan, It’s A Date, Ja’mie Private School Girl, Jonah From Tonga and Laid but will also feature two seasons of the classic current affairs satire Frontline.

frontline_0001Frontline, a creation of the team behind The D Generation and The Late Show, took a satirical, though frighteningly accurate, view of tabloid current affairs television. Although some of the names of that era are different, much of what the series tackled then will still ring true today.

Frontline starred Rob Sitch as current affairs presenter Mike Moore, Jane Kennedy as the ambitious reporter Brooke Vandenberg, and Tiriel Mora as hard-nosed journalist Martin di Stasio.

The series also starred Santo CilauroAlyson Whyte, Bruno Lawrence, Pip Mushin, Genevieve Mooy, Trudy Hellier, Lynda Gibson, Steve Bisley and Kevin J Wilson and featured cameo appearances by celebrities including Glenn Ridge, Nicky Buckley, Charles ‘Bud’ Tingwell, Amanda Kellar, Don Burke, Anne Fulwood, Rosemary Margan, Pete Smith, Greg Evans, Eddie McGuire and Sam Newman.

Source: IMDB, HeyHey.tv

 

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Dec 03 2014

1994: December 3-9

tvweek_031294Cover: Pamela Anderson (Baywatch)

Josephine’s Singapore surprise!
Josephine Byrnes, best known from period mini-series including Shadows Of The Heart and Brides Of Christ, is making a move into playing a present day character as the female lead in the Nine Network series of Singapore Sling telemovies. Byrnes will be playing the part of assassin Carla Singer. “I don’t think I’ve ever played the villain before and it’s great fun playing a self-composed autonomous woman,” she told TV Week, adding that she will also be working alongside her childhood hero, John Waters. “John Waters has been my hero since I was a little girl. Thursdays and John Waters were my favourite things when I was little, because he was on Play School and Thursday was dress up day. He’s going to hate me saying that!” Singapore Sling will also star Simon Bossell, Gemma Wilkes and American actors Pat Morita and Michael Ironside. The production has a budget of $5.8 million and will be filmed over 12 weeks.

georgieparkernicholaseadieGeorgie takes to the hills
Having been one of Australia’s busiest actors over the past 18 months, with roles on stage and television, Georgie Parker is ready for a break. “I need a break — a mental sigh,” she told TV Week from Brisbane where she is staying while shooting new action drama Fire. But viewers will see her back on TV this week with comedy-drama Over The Hill. The new series, from Hey Dad! creator Gary Reilly, features Parker and Nicholas Eadie (pictured) as a yuppie North Shore couple who head to the country for a new life as owners of a ramshackle pub — with dreams of turning it into a upmarket tourist trap. “I thought it was a really nice change to approach comedy from a uniquely Australian viewpoint as opposed to comedy with an American aftertaste,” she said.

A new stage in Julie’s life
Since farewelling the character of Betty Wilson with the demise of Hey Dad! earlier in the year, actress Julie McGregor has embarked on a new phase in her career — starring on stage in a Christmas pantomime. “Really, it is great to be doing something different after a long time doing the same character,” she told TV Week. “When you take on this life, you accept that in this business (acting) you never really know what’s coming next.” The pantomime, Pavlova: Queen Of The Desserts, was written by Tony Sheldon and Garry Scale and co-stars Scale and Three Men And A Baby Grand‘s Phil Scott.

Briefly…

  • Australia’s Funniest Home Video Show host Jo Beth Taylor will be appearing on rival network Seven‘s Carols In The Domain later this month. Taylor will be appearing in her capacity as the star of the pantomime Cinderella.
  • Showbiz veteran Colleen Clifford celebrated her 96th birthday with a party including friends, colleagues and fellow showbiz identities. The night was hosted by Ray Martin and highlights from the event will form a special report in an upcoming edition of A Current Affair.

TV’s Top 20 (Week Commencing 13 November): 

Rank Program Network Day(s) Viewers
1 Just Kidding Nine Tue 2026000
2 Hey Hey By Request Nine Mon 1907000
3 Home Improvement Seven Sun 1848000
4 National Nine News Nine Sun 1833000
5 The World’s Greatest TV Commercials Seven Sun 1773000
6 Australia’s Funniest Home Video Show Nine Tue 1767000
7 Movie: Forever Young Nine Sun 1742000
8 A Current Affair Nine M-F 1729000
9 60 Minutes Nine Sun 1658000
10 Money Nine Wed 1643000
11 Getaway Nine Thu 1622000
12 Our House Nine Wed 1553000
13 National Nine News Nine M-F 1539000
14 Home Improvement Seven Wed 1515000
15 Married With Children Nine Tue 1512000
16 Fast Forward’s Funniest TV Send Ups Seven Wed 1497000
17 Sale Of The Century Nine M-F 1438000
18 Blue Heelers Seven Tue 1418000
19 Burke’s Backyard Nine Fri 1398000
20 Movie: When Harry Met Sally Seven Wed 1373000

Lawrie Masterson: The View From Here

jonfaine“It came as a surprise to me to discover that, in Australia, there are between 40 and 50 cases each year of children “divorcing” their parents. This whole concept was the subject of a blaze of publicity when when it first came before the courts some years ago, but since then it seems to have just disappeared… from public view, at least. But the fact that it is so prevalent does not surprise Tom, who left home when he was 12; or Luke, who is in the process of “divorcing” his entire family, because he’s “sick of their s****”. They are just two of the teenagers you’ll hear speak their minds on matters regarding young people and the law on a new ABC series called Wise Up. Hosted by lawyer and radio personality Jon Faine (pictured) — his first foray into regular television, to my knowledge — Wise Up starts on December 7. My biggest bitch about the show is that it will go to air at 10.30pm. No, I am not naive enough to believe that most teenagers have had their warm milk and are tucked in by then, but the timeslot is not one that will help Wise Up attract the audience it probably deserves, nevertheless.”

Program Highlights (Melbourne, December 3-9):
Saturday: The Greg Norman Holden Classic (12pm, Seven) continues from Royal Melbourne Golf Club and concludes on Sunday afternoon.

Sunday: The Benson And Hedges World Series Cricket (1.20pm-5pm, 5.30-8.30pm, Nine), Australia A versus Zimbabwe, is live from Perth. Sunday night movies are The Rocketeer (repeat, Seven), The Fisher King (repeat, Nine) and Radio Flyer (Ten). Sunday Stereo Special (8.30pm, ABC) features the Opera Australia production of Pagliacci.

Monday: A Current Affair (6.30pm, Nine) presents a special one-hour edition, Starlight Foundation Challenge, hosted by Mike Munro. In the series debut of Over The Hill (7.30pm, Seven), when Don Spencer (Nicholas Eadie) is retrenched from his marketing job in the city, he and his wife Sandy (Georgie Parker) decide to buy a pub in the country.

Tuesday: The Benson And Hedges World Series Cricket (2.20-6pm, 7pm-10.30pm, Nine), Australia versus England, is live from the Sydney Cricket Ground. Author Anne Summers hosts a new interview series, Six Aussie Men In Conversation (10.35pm, ABC), discussing the impact the feminist movement has had on masculinity, fatherhood, sexuality and differences in the workplace.

Wednesday: Baywatch‘s Pamela Anderson hosts the Coca-Cola Australian Music Awards (7.30pm, Ten), from the Hordern Pavilion, Sydney — featuring Bon Jovi, John Farnham, Jimmy Barnes, Wendy Matthews, Terence Trent D’Arby and Toni Childs. Documentary Untold Desires (8.30pm, SBS) looks at the issue of people with disabilities and their struggle to be recognised as sexual beings.

sucruickshankThursday: Benson And Hedges World Series Cricket (9.50am-1.30pm, 2pm-6pm, Nine), Australia v Zimbabwe, is live from Hobart. TVTV (6.30pm, ABC) presents its last show for the year. Performer Su Cruickshank (pictured) debuts her interview show Three’s Company With Cruickshank (10.35pm, ABC).

Friday: Country music show Stampede (6pm, ABC) and The 7.30 Report (7.30pm, ABC) presents their last shows for the year.

Source: TV Week (Melbourne edition), incorporating TV Times and TV Guide. 3 December 1994. Southdown Press

 

 

 

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Dec 01 2014

Seven wins 2014

7_2000sThe television ratings have ended for another year. While Seven has claimed the main prize, it is a contest where Nine and Ten also find something to celebrate.

Nine claims it has won the contest for the advertiser-friendly younger demographics and for the 6.00pm news battle.

Ten, which just scraped ahead of ABC after being beaten by them last year, claims to again be #1 in daytime (9am-6pm) as well as recording the best prime time growth of all networks in the 25-54 age group.

Seven has claimed victory in prime time (6pm-12mn) for the period from 9 February to 29 November (excluding the two weeks surrounding Easter) — the official survey periods declared by ratings agency OzTAM, covering the capital city markets of Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth.

Seven’s network share of 30.4% (down slightly from 2013) is followed by Nine (29.2%), Ten (17.9%), ABC (17.4%) and SBS (5.2%).

Broken down to individual channels — Seven (21.8%) defeated Nine (21.2%), followed by ABC1 (12.7%), Ten (11.9%), 7TWO and GO! (4.6% each), SBS One (4.1%), 7mate (4.0%), GEM (3.4%), One and Eleven (3.0% each), ABC2 (2.7%), ABC News 24 (1.1%), ABC3 and SBS2 (0.9% each) and NITV (0.1%).

(These figures are based on preliminary results and may vary slightly when delayed viewing for the last survey week is added but is unlikely to change the finishing order.)

mykitchenrules_0002Seven continued to have success with My Kitchen Rules (“The Winner Announced”, pictured, watched by 2.712 million across 5 cities) and even House Rules, which started on shaky ground in 2013, ended its second series on a high (with “The Winner Announced” scoring 2.07m). Further down the list was the winner’s announcement for The X Factor (1.419m) — while The Big Adventure and The Amazing Race: Australia Versus New Zealand showed that reality formats, as adventurous as they might be, do not necessarily always translate into ratings gold. Even Dancing With The Stars, which concluded its 14th series last week, has had some of the shine taken off its ratings mirror ball (grand final: 1.063m).

The AFL Grand Final (2.828m) topped Seven’s list of sports coverage, followed by the Melbourne Cup (the race watched by 2.184m), the Men’s Final of the Australian Open (1.687m) and Bathurst 1000 (1.357m)..

Among the list of regular series titles, Seven had success with A Place To Call Home (1.154m) — though this was not enough to save the show from the axe, only to have it picked up by Foxtel for 2015 — and overseas shows Downton Abbey, The Blacklist and Revenge. Winners And Losers was bumped around the schedule but surprisingly managed a series average of just over 1 million viewers.

inxsnevertearusapartTelemovie The Killing Field (1.405m) drew a strong audience and is to be followed up with a spin-off series, Winter, in 2015. But the network’s biggest drama hit was the mini-series INXS: Never Tear Us Apart (Part One: 2.243m) which kick-started Seven’s ratings season back in February.

Sunrise continues its dominance in the breakfast timeslot, and Sunday Night (1.805m) has beaten 60 Minutes (1.722m), though the two shows were rarely directly up against each other.

9_logo_2009_0001Nine’s year was topped by The Block: Glasshouse‘s “Winner Announced” (2.687m) followed by the NRL Grand Final (2.621m) and NRL State Of Origin (Match 2: 2.6m).

The series return of The Voice (2.229m) rated well but figures dipped for the show’s grand final (1.663m). The TV Week Logie Awards suffered a ratings blow (992k) up against an episode of My Kitchen Rules (2m), not helped by the awards telecast’s usual custom of being delayed and edited and still managing to almost stretch to almost midnight on a Sunday night.

lovechildNew drama series Love Child (1.466m) was a ratings hit, while the Underbelly franchise that wasn’t, Fat Tony And Co (1.214m) still fared admirably. Just scraping above the one million viewers mark was House Husbands (1.06m).

The hastily-rescheduled telemovie Schapelle, shifted to capitalise on the Bali prisoner’s release on parole, didn’t fare as well (1.153m) up against the INXS series on Seven.

Hamish And Andy’s Gap Year South America (1.142m) might have been the last in the Gap Year series but showed that the pair still command a strong following.

Nine News (1.114m) claimed victory in the 6.00pm news battle, taking over from Seven News (1.087m), although the latter still commands a strong lead in Adelaide and Perth.

ten_2013Ten’s year started well with the Big Bash League and Winter Olympics and then with the XX Commonwealth Games in July-August. The Commonwealth Games in particular provided more pleasing results compared to the previous Games of 2010. The Australian FIA Formula One World Championship also delivered high ratings (race: 1.36m) in its simulcast between Ten and One.

MasterChef Australia was on the comeback trail after a disappointing 2013, and did so with pleasing results (“Winner Announced”: 1.749m). Ten didn’t have much luck, however, with other reality titles — with the revival of So You Think You Can Dance bombing in the ratings. The Biggest Loser also struggled in comparison to previous years but is set for a revamp in 2015.

The Bachelor worked itself up to a strong finale (“The Final Decision”: 1.44m) and the theatrics of the post-series affairs between bachelor Blake Garvey and some of the female contestants led to the show continuing to spark publicity well after it had wrapped up for the year. Subsequent appearances of Garvey and female contestants on Ten’s The Project saw that show reach its highest numbers since expanding to a one-hour format.

Just over a million viewers tuned in to see Michael Parkinson‘s interview with Ian Thorpe. US comedy Modern Family hit a ratings high with its Australian episode (1.2m) and the year’s final episode of Have You Been Paying Attention? scored a series high of 641k.

partytricksTen’s drama slate was headed by Offspring (final: 1.15m), and it is still unclear if it will be back in 2015, while the murder mystery Secrets And Lies failed to gain much interest despite the concept being picked up for an adaptation by US television. The political-themed Party Tricks (602k), headed by Asher Keddie and Rodger Corser (pictured), struggled despite promising reviews.

The long-awaited return of Puberty Blues (637k) and Wonderland (580k) were unable to maintain strong numbers, while long-running series Neighbours (soon to celebrate its 30th anniversary) is still plugging away over on Eleven. Its numbers often struggle to pass the 300k mark but still tops Eleven’s program rankings.

Probably the biggest surprise for many was the relative success of the mid-year launch of game show Family Feud. Possibly helped by Ten’s programming tactic of simulcasting it across all three of its channels each night, Family Feud has found a stable following (602k).

thelivingroomAnother show to be something of a quiet achiever for Ten has been The Living Room. The lifestyle-entertainment show (550k, and “The Hot List” special: 641k) managed to grow its audience despite the competition of Friday night sports coverage on other networks and Seven’s perennial favourite Better Homes And Gardens.

ABC’s year was topped by British dramas Doc Martin (1.242m) and Death In Paradise (1.173m) and the Australian series The Doctor Blake Mysteries (1.054m).

The two episodes of the recent Countdown tribute, Countdown: Do Yourself A Favour, scored 965k and 919k.

For SBS their biggest rating for the year came from the FIFA World Cup, including the Chile v Australia match scoring 1.74m viewers.

As of yesterday (Sunday) networks go into summer non-ratings mode, though viewing data is still collected by OzTAM and reported to networks over the non-ratings period.

The 2015 ratings year begins on 8 February and continues through to 28 November, with a two-week break over the Easter period.

Seven wins 20132012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007

Data © OzTAM Pty Limited 2014. The Data may not be reproduced, published or communicated (electronically or in hard copy) without the prior written consent of OzTAM.

 

 

 

 

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Nov 24 2014

Graeme Goodings leaves Seven Adelaide

graemegoodings_0001Veteran Adelaide newsreader Graeme Goodings has left Seven News.

He tweeted the news of his departure from Seven earlier today.

AdelaideNow reports that Goodings, Seven’s weekend news presenter, was offered a “reduced capacity” role but instead opted to resign.

He had been with the station since 1980 when it was SAS10. He was the main newsreader for SAS10’s Eyewitness News when the station made the switch to Seven in 1987.

In 2004 he stood down when he was diagnosed with cancer. After months of treatment he returned to Seven to read the weekend news. He has recently celebrated being cancer free for ten years.

Prior to working at SAS10/7 Goodings had worked at TNT9 in Launceston and in radio at 7LA Launceston, 5DN Adelaide and 3AW in Melbourne.

Source: AdelaideNow, Seven News, Graeme Goodings

 

 

 

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